Cleaver Fulton Rankin is one of the most active and experienced firms in Northern Ireland in the energy and renewables sector, with lawyers who are recognised as leaders in their field. The team brings together expertise in real estate, planning and environmental, corporate, commercial, banking and finance and dispute resolution

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Areas of Expertise

  • Construction and financing of energy projects
  • Planning and Environmental advice
  • Acquisition and disposal of energy development projects and energy generation assets
  • Regulatory advice including in relation to the Single Electricity Market in Ireland and Electricity market reform
  • Land acquisition for energy projects
  • Large scale and smaller scale wind generation projects
  • Anaerobic digestion / biomass projects
  • Solar Energy projects
  • Hydro Electric projects
  • Off Shore Wind, Tidal and Wave
  • Grid Connection Agreements, Power Purchase Agreements, Turbine Supply Contracts, Warranty and Maintenance Agreements, Accreditation and Licences
  • The Renewables Obligation and other renewable incentives in Northern Ireland
  • Project finance, equity funding and banking
  • Licensing for mineral exploration and excavation

Why Us?

We are recognised by the Chambers UK Guide in Energy and Natural Resources as a ‘sharp and commercial team’ and are praised for ‘combining a good transactional sense with knowledge of the customs and machinations of the local system’.

The firm has an established energy practice and acts for several of Northern Ireland’s major energy generators and suppliers, alongside other utilities.
We have Northern Ireland’s largest planning and environmental team of lawyers advising on energy projects and specific planning appeals / judicial reviews. Their experience is key to developers seeking to work within Northern Ireland’s separate regulatory system for the generation and distribution of energy.
We work closely with new developers and Banks on a wide range of smaller scale renewable projects which now form a significant part of Northern Ireland’s energy sector and is an area of growth, given favourable renewable benefits. These projects include Hydro, Biomass and Wind, and involve specific expertise on property, planning and regulatory issues unique to the Northern Irish energy market and legal system.

We have worked on most of Northern Ireland’s major (i.e. 10MW plus) operating wind farms, either for developers or funders. We have also worked on the acquisition of Bord Gaís’ renewable generation assets, one of the largest and most significant corporate transactions in Ireland and the financing of Slieve Rushen wind farm, Northern Ireland’s largest single wind farm. We also act for the first solar developer to obtain planning permission in Northern Ireland for a large scale solar farm.
We have a unique insight into the challenges and opportunities of the Northern Irish energy market that face developers, investors, land-owners and banks.